Lakewood, CO, isn’t just the home you know and love, but also home to history, community, and events you might still need to discover. Whether you have lived here your whole life, or just finished breaking down dozens of moving boxes, there is always something new to discover in Lakewood.

Head straight down Yarrow Street, and you’ll be greeted by the 20th-century beauty of Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park. Not only is the land itself a piece of Colorado history, but so is everything within the park. With more than 40,000 artifacts and 15 historic buildings, Heritage Lakewood lets you learn about, and be a part of, centuries of history all in one place.

In addition to an impressive collection of historical buildings and pieces, Heritage Lakewood offers entertainment, shopping, and education. The outdoor amphitheater and festival area host special events year-round, including the upcoming Christmas Tree Lighting with the mayor on November 16th. Beginning November 18th through January 2nd, you can enjoy six acres of over-the-top holiday cheer and festivity at Camp Christmas. With massive light displays, festive drinks (for kids and adults), music, a carousel, and a visit to Santa’s Glampsite, you’ll leave with enough holiday spirit and goodies to last you until next winter. It’s kind of like squirrels storing food for hibernation, except you can store holiday happiness, priceless photos, and unique gifts until you visit again next year. While you get yourself in the holiday spirit, the thought of “oh no, I need a gift for Aunt Shirley and haven’t found anything” might cross your mind. No need to leave Camp Christmas in a panic, you can find anyone a gift at Heritage Lakewood year-round. The park has its very own shop, featuring local and historical art and goods. The store has its own events as well, such as the upcoming Holiday Art and Pottery Sale on December 11th.

While Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park offers plenty of options for activities, entertainment, and shopping, it also provides education. The expansive property is a great way to immerse yourself in history at your own pace, but a certain group of people might need a little more guidance and activity to truly learn about history. Heritage Lakewood may be all about preserving and showcasing the past, but they definitely haven’t forgotten about the future. The group of people that might need a map, guide, and activity book to really experience and learn about the past; kids. Heritage Lakewood Park has been a popular spot for field trips for decades. They work with scout troops, church groups, school classes, etc. to educate children about the importance of our past. These field trips can even be catered to your group’s specific interest, with options in tour styles such as General Tour, Agriculture focus, a look at Commercial Growth, Community Culture in the Home, and Historical Trunk Program, which lets you see the progression of fashion over time.

Whether you are a teacher looking for a way to mix up the curriculum, a holiday enthusiast in need of a chat with Santa, an interior decorator in search of the perfect, locally-made vase, or someone who just wants to know the history of where they live, Heritage Lakewood Belmar Park has the perfect day planned for you. As the winter holiday season kicks off with the tree lighting this week, bundle up, bring a camera, and experience the history and community that is gathering in your own backyard. Take a trip to Camp Christmas or a self-guided tour of the tens of thousands of artifacts at Heritage Lakewood, and tell us all about it. We’d love to see what you take away from this unique park we are so fortunate to have right at home.

(photo credit: City of Lakewood )